Food insecurity

There is a public health crisis – it’s not fat on the body but fat in the mind and the fat of profits

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Susie Orbach
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Volume 35, Issue 1, pp. 67-69
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International Journal of Epidemiology
Publication Date: 
February 2006

The author of Fat is a Feminist Issue argues that the way obesity is being framed as a crisis or an epidemic is stigmatizing overweight people and adding dangerously to disordered eating, which is itself a serious public health emergency.

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The fat of the land: do agricultural subsidies foster poor health?

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Scott Fields
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Volume 112, Number 14
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Environmental Health Perspectives
Publication Date: 
2004

Discusses the possible effects of farm subsidies on unhealthy food produced in the U.S. and argues for more subsidies for fruit and vegetable growers to encourage healthier eating.

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The Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity

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A non-profit research and public policy organization devoted to improving the world’s diet, preventing obesity, and reducing weight stigma. Builds broad-based consensus to change diet and activity patterns, while holding industry and government agencies responsible for safeguarding public health. Serves as a leading research institution and clearinghouse for resources that add to understanding of the complex forces affecting how we eat, how we stigmatize overweight and obese people, and how we can change.

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203-432-6700
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rudd.center@yale.edu
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203-432-9674
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Yale University
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PO Box 208369
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New Haven
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Connecticut
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06520-8369
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USA

The perils of ignoring history: Big Tobacco played dirty and millions died. How similar is Big Food?

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Kelly Brownell
Kenneth Warner
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Volume 87, Number 1, pp. 259-294
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The Milbank Quarterly,
Publication Date: 
2009

Compares how both the tobacco and food industries influence public opinion, legislation and regulation, litigation, and the conduct of science. Argues for better standards that are not regulated by the food industry itself.

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Food sovereignty: power, gender, and the right to food

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Rajeev C. Patel
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Volume 9, Number 6
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PLOS Medicine
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2012

Argues that gender is key to food insecurity and malnourishment because women and girls are disproportionately disempowered through current processes and politics of food's production, consumption, and distribution.

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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

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Governmental Body
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Works to achieve food security for all - to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. FAO's mandate is to raise levels of nutrition, improve agricultural productivity, better the lives of rural populations and contribute to the growth of the world economy.

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(+39) 06 57051
Email Address: 
FAO-HQ@fao.org
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(+39) 06 570 53152
Street Address: 
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
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00153 Rome
Country: 
Italy

The nutrition transition and obesity

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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Explains ‘nutrition transition’ – major changes in diet and physical activity – a phenomenon underlying the rising rates of obesity in the developing world.

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Food insecurity and obesity: understanding the connections

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Food Research and Action Centre
Publication Date: 
2011

Discusses recent research that shows a higher risk of overweight/obesity among food insecure women than among food insecure men.

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Food Research and Action Centre

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NGO - Non Government Organization
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National nonprofit organization working to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and undernutrition in the United States. Works with hundreds of national, state and local nonprofit organizations, public agencies, corporations and labor organizations to address hunger, food insecurity, and their root cause, poverty. 

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202-986-2200
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202-986-2525
Street Address: 
1875 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 540
City: 
Washington
Province: 
DC
Postal/ZIP Code: 
20009
Country: 
USA

Food insecurity-obesity paradox for women in Atlantic Canada

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Le paradoxe entre l'insécurité alimentaire et l'obésité
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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Jane Shulman
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Canadian Women's Health Network
Publication Date: 
2012

Network article that discusses the results of the study The Food Insecurity-Obesity Paradox as a Vicious Cycle for Women: A Qualitative Study by the Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women's Health. The study investigated the links between moderate food insecurity, overweight/obesity and chronic disease for women in Atlantic Canada, especially those in marginalized and vulnerable populations. 

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